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Mawphanlur

Ila Reddy
My very first visit to Northeast India was Meghalaya. I did the usual itinerary covering Cherrapunjee, Nongriat, Mawlynnong, Dawki, and Krang Suri on a five day trip. But the place that caught me off-guard and won my heart was the quaint, picturesque hamlet called Mawphanlur in the West Khasi Hills.With just three small cottages atop a hill, it's paradise for those looking for endless shades of green, solitude, stunning skies, and some much needed downtime. The hillocks are interspersed with small ponds that perfectly reflect the clouds above. There's not much to do, other than walk around, get lost in nature, catch a short nap in the outdoors, and enjoy the delicious food cooked by the hosts. If you're lucky, you might be able to kayak in the ponds and forage some wild fruit from the shrubs.Although just 90km away from Shillong, this dreamy village is unknown to most tourists and offers much needed respite from busy city life.Also read: Magic of the Night-Time in Kaziranga
Anu
On the next morning at about 7 a.m we started , initially we went to Shillong peak which wasn't open yet (closed on Wednesday) and there-after showing our govt ID prove we were allowed to to enter the Army area and enjoyed the view .Next we stopped by Elephant Falls .